NationalityBangladeshi NameRafiqun Nabi Other namesRanabi/রনবী RoleArtist
EthnicityBengali BooksRaja o rakhalera galpa Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
Born1943 (age 71–72)Chapai Nawabganj, British Raj (now in Bangladesh) Occupationfaculty in Dhaka University, cartoonist EducationPogose School, University of Dhaka
Rafiqun Nabi (Bengali: রফিকুন নবী; also Ranabi, born 1943) is a Bangladeshi artist and cartoonist. Nabi's most famous creation is Tokai, a character symbolizing the poor street boys of Dhaka who lives on picking things from dustbins or begging and having a knack of telling simple yet painful truths about current political and socio-economic situation of the country. He has written few stories in Prothom Alo newspaper of Bangladesh.
Tell-Your-Tale: Rafiqun Nabi, Artist and Cartoonist
Nabi was born in Nawabganj District in northwest Bangladesh in 1943. He graduated from Pogose School, Dhaka. He enrolled in the College of Arts and Crafts (later renamed Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka). There, he studied under the supervision of artists like Zainul Abedin and Quamrul Hassan. Nabi received a scholarship from the Asia Foundation between 1962-64. After his graduation, he joined the institute as a faculty. He went to Athens and studied art between 1973-1976 under a scholarship from the Government of Greece.